The 10 Best Things to Do in Laredo, United States

January 4, 2018 Kiesha Cripe

Located on the border between Mexico and the U.S., on U.S. I-35 and Mexican Federal Highway 85, Laredo is America's largest inland port and one of the oldest border crossing points. Once capital of the briefly held independent Republic of the Rio Grande, the city has survived a long history of conflict and friendship between the U.S. and Mexico. Its legacy is a rich community boasting unique shopping, lively entertainment and festivals, including the month-long Washington's Birthday Celebration.
Restaurants in Laredo

1. Mall del Norte

5300 San Dario Ave, Laredo, TX 78041-3000 +1 956-724-8191
Excellent
29%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

Mall del Norte

Mall del Norte is one of the biggest malls in Texas with over 160 stores and great restaurants. Featuring Forever21, Crazy 8, Gap, Hollister & Co., And Coach as well as favorites Dillards and Sears.

Reviewed By NinaW2000 - Jupiter, Florida

Mall is large and has plenty of good stores. Some areas looked fairly dirty mainly due to the traffic with children. If they start picking up after them it will give the mall a better look. Lots of young people and families enjoying themselves. Not too bad for an afternoon walk.

2. San Augustin Plaza

Laredo, TX
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

San Augustin Plaza

Touristy plaza lined with some of Laredo's biggest attractions, like the Rio Grande Museum.

Reviewed By stevieweavie2013 - Cedar Hill, TX

The plaza across from the cathedral is very old Mexico. There is nothing noteworthy about the plaza. Walking the square is interesting with the Independence Museum across the street. 2 blocks away is the Webb County Historical Museum(WCHM). The Independence Museum is interesting in that it chronicles a shortlived attempt to establish a republic by three territories sandwiched inbetween Texas and Mexico. The WCHM had an interesting exhibit of haunted house legends in the area-perfect for Holloween. Take coins for the downtown parking meters.

3. San Agustin Catholic Cathedral

201 San Agustin Ave, Laredo, TX 78040 +1 956-722-1382
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

San Agustin Catholic Cathedral

Beautiful church founded in 1778.

Reviewed By pnkgirl27 - San Antonio, Texas

Beautiful church in the downtown area. We walked around the outside and enjoyed seeing the cathedral. We wanted to go in but respected the wedding/event that was going on at the time. It photographed beautiful on the outside.

4. Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

5102 Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, TX 78041-8803 +1 956-725-3826
Excellent
31%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

Reviewed By Katheryn J - Texas

Lesson learned on night one...
I had read a review to watch for criminal activity (thank you reviewer!) so at least we had most things in my car when we left for a couple of hours. We came back to find our mostly empty campsite had been tampered with. The least problematic was that the electric was turned off. Very annoying was finding the weekend's worth of beverages we left by the picnic table were opened and spilled all over the ground. Worst was that my husband's coffee cup had the lid removed, was filled with dozens of dead moths, and had the lid replaced, no doubt in the hopes that he would drink it. Thankfully, he looked inside before using it again! It makes you feel very unwelcome to experience this hours after setting up camp for the weekend.

That said, we are in a very nice, large campsite near the lake, and it's quite peaceful. We have hundreds of shore birds near us, we've heard owls overnight, we were visited by numerous raccoons, and we're enjoying the nature side of the park. Still, this is not something I've experienced at any other state parks after many years of being a park pass holder and going to so many across the state. I barely feel safe leaving my tent and bedding in place to go out for the day now for fear it will be stolen or damaged when we return. It's quite sad. I'm just hoping that we don't have any more bad experiences.

5. Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

1005 Zaragoza St, Laredo, TX 78040-5940 +1 956-727-3480
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

The Republic of the Rio Grande(R) Museum is housed in one of Laredo's oldest structures located on San Agustin Plaza in downtown Laredo. The museum is a Mexican vernacular structure, constructed in 1830 with an 1860 addition. It was once the home of Bartolome Garcia, prominent rancher and mayor of Laredo. According to tradition, in 1840, the structure served as the capitol of the Republic of the Rio Grande. The Museum is considered a historic house museum which features displays recreating an authentic c.1830 Home in Laredo. The building is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark and a Contributing Structure to the San Agustin National Register District. Along with its neighbors, San Agustin Cathedral and La Posada Hotel, the museum forms a triangle of the most visited historic landmarks in the city.

Reviewed By jdkilburn - Laredo, Texas

You step out of the hot Laredo sun and step back in time. Housed in an old home from Laredo's early days, the museum has quite a few period artifacts.

6. TAMIU Planetarium

5201 University Blvd, Laredo, TX 78041-1920 (956) 326-DOME (3663)
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

TAMIU Planetarium

Reviewed By April M - Laredo, Texas

This is one of the most interesting places in Laredo, Texas. They are film nights like The Egyptian pyramids, Zula Patrol: Down to Earth, Lamps of Atlantis, and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". It is a wonderful, educational explanation of planets, stars, and constellations. My children were fascinated by the show. The staff are courteous, pleasant, and helpful. There is plenty of parking, and it makes for a good time for couples, families, and anyone interested in the stars and planets.

7. The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo

1600 Water St, Laredo, TX 78040-5964 +1 956-625-5353
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo

Reviewed By iamdissa - Eagle Pass, Texas

First time visiting these outlets in Laredo,Tx. After hearing not so great comments about them from family members decided to still check out. I must say I was surprised of how great they were. Just overall environment felt great. Loved because they are not too big with not too many stores but enough to find great deals. And rest assured you will find something and come out with hands full. Lots of places to rest and most employees are very friendly. If you visit Laredo, this is a place to go. Mall del Norte has tons of stores but not all employees are nice. I def recommend.

8. Imaginarium of South Texas

5300 San Dario, Suite 505, (Mall del Norte, next to Dillards), Laredo, TX 78041-3072 +1 956-728-0404
Excellent
44%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Imaginarium of South Texas

Reviewed By Lisasjm1 - Carlsbad, New Mexico

The museum is under new management and it shows. We miss the sand box in the summer and traveling exhibits from nationaly known science centers. Now it is much more of a children's museum without the science. Still there is a place for dramatic play and crafts to do. Best for kids 5 or 6 and under.

9. Laredo Little Theatre

4802 Thomas Ave, Laredo, TX 78041-3836 +1 956-723-1342
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Laredo Little Theatre

Reviewed By WolverineDG - Texas

I attempted to post a photo of the cast & crew of "Dangerous Liasons," but was rejected as "Not Relevant." Oh well. Regardless, the show was a lot of fun & the costumes were amazing! Too bad Trip Advisor thinks a photo showing you how amazing they were is "not relevant!" The upcoming season is going to be great!

10. Zaragoza Street

Laredo, TX
Excellent
14%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
42%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Zaragoza Street

Historic district of Laredo follows this street.

Reviewed By j_bulldog_y

Zaragoza is nice with the cobble stone and old time feel. Lots to see and shops to visit all walking distance. A friendly American Legion on the east side. A great family restaurant a block north from the American Legion. Lots of tourist shopping on the west side that goes for blocks in all directions. The only problems are the plaza in front of La Posada hotel smells like pee. There are lots of day laborers there in the morning waiting on rides, and lots of homeless travel through. A few blocks from the east plaza the prostitutes hang out at night. During the day shopping and sight seeing is great and nobody bothers anybody. During the night I have only been to the American Legion and the Jamboozie festival, so I don't know how it is at night but I don't think anyone would have much to fear.

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